Distinguished Student Leader Program

National Student Council’s Distinguished Student Leaders Program is a rigorous and challenging skill- and knowledge-based recognition program created to identify outstanding individual student council leaders in high schools. Students who earn the NatStuCo Distinguished Student Leader designation have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities.

In seeking the designation, students will complete a variety of tasks focused on building leadership knowledge and improving skills.

Students will also keep a record of activities and show they’ve met the award criteria by creating a personal leadership portfolio. This portfolio will also serve as a valuable record of their achievements and commitment as a leader—something they may refer to often when they’re applying for college and scholarships.

Time Frame

The activities involved with seeking designation will vary greatly by each individual—some applicants may be able to complete the tasks over the course of a couple of months; others may take one to two semesters to complete.

Once an application and portfolio are submitted for evaluation, it takes the national office approximately four weeks to render its decision. Those interested in using the designation on college and scholarship applications will want to take this into consideration. Students may submit their applications at any time during the year, but applications and portfolios must be received by National Student Council prior to the student’s high school graduation.

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